10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

What made you happy this week? 

Focusing on the positive is something I am all about. I think in the busyness of all of our lives its good to take some time to just sit and think about the past week and be grateful for the awesome things happening in life.

Throughout the week there were times I felt completely overwhelmed and chaotic. When thinking back to my week I realized I really didn't have much to freak about. I think sometimes I create chaos because I am used to it and its comfortable. Making lists like this and thinking back to all that happened this week makes me realize this tendency I have. Really this week was awesome! The crazy I experienced was something I created. This is why I love blogging, I start to realize things about myself as I write. Its fantastic! 

This week was basically filled with great people, great food, and great times. I sure enjoyed it! 

1. Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee....I had lots this week! The coffee we bought from the store was not very good which meant going to Beans & Brews often! Made my week so great! They even messaged me on Twitter saying thanks for all the shout outs I gave them. That was cool, since I am basically their biggest fan! 

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2. Thinking of Disney. We are about ready to start planning our next trip, so there has been lots of talk thus far of Disneyland! Just fantasizing about going makes me all giddy! We would be flying this time rather than driving. Would we want to go when its decorated for Fall or Christmas? Quick 1 day trip or decent 3 day trip? AHHH! So much excitement! 

3. Day date Thursday! Josh and I went to brunch Thursday early before work. It was nice because we were basically the only ones there. It was a very peaceful breakfast at Cafe Niche (which I am now addicted to). Their food is absolutely amazing! My lovely sister is obsessed with brunch and I think I finally understand the craze about it.

It just feels good to be around people you love in a beautiful place eating fantastic food and having great conversation. After breakfast we went to Lush because they have all their new products for Fall/Christmas coming out. I was really overdue for some new products! Being there makes me realize how obsessed I am with Lush. Haha one of the ladies called me "The Lush Queen". If that is a brand I am associated with that is A-OK with me! 

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4. My dear friend Connor came to visit from Colorado. We had a blast! We always have fun with each other because we are both total goofs! It was so good to see him!

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5. Saturday Josh and I went to Cheesecake Factory. Even though we have done a lot of fun things the last few weeks we had also had a lot of shitty food and gaming nights. It was time for a fancy feast, so we got all dressed up and went out to dinner! It was packed as usual but we got seated relatively quick! I was in the mood to try all new things which was super fun! 

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6. I pulled an amazing tarot reading. I had 3 wands which represent action. Essentially what I learned is that things are in the works and its go time. I need to organize my thoughts and goals and prioritize what I want to do. Pulling my cards myself is a very personal and spiritual experience for me. It feels like therapy and I get so excited about my self discovery and working on my shit. I think taking some time out of the week to focus on you is important. So this "me time" is all about reflection, journal writing, and tarot :) 

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7. I have so many books on my to read list. It takes me so long to read a book because I have the worst attention span! I am reading Gabby Bernsteins Sprit Junkie book right now, and have been for the last 6 months! Ha! Always good thoughts and things in her books, I will finish it by next Sunday!

8. NERD ALERT! With the new WoW expansion you get a level 90 character boost. After lots of thought on what I want to use my boost for I chose a human rogue. Holy shit kids they're the coolest! I nerd out hard and lots of thought goes into each character and what they specialize in, look like, their name etc...and I was so worried I was gonna waste my boost on something dumb! Shes pretty cool, lets just say that! Happy about my choice!

9. Vampire Diaries and The Originals! So since I burned through the last season of Vampire Diaries like an obsessed psycho I now have to wait for each episode of the new season like a normal person and watch it once a week. I started The Originals on Netflix so I could also obsess over that! It gives me my fix haha! I love those shows! 

*SPOILER ALERT: So if you're up to speed on Vampire Diaries then you know that we just learned that Damon & Bonnie met someone else in this weird limbo that they are in. Bonnie got her magic back which is sweet cause that means they will most likely will be able to come back from limbo and be around again! AHH! So great! 

10. Sundays are my favorite day of the week! Drinking coffee in my living room, cuddled up with all three dogs, writing about things that made me happy this week. This is what makes me happy! The simplicity of having a day to just slow down a little feels good, and I NEED it to start my work week off right. 

Make this next week great and enjoy the rest of your lovely Sunday! 

Much Love! 

-Magnolia Rose

HOME UPDATES! New floors!

Buying a home is a huge project! We got really lucky price wise with our house but that did mean it came with a few kinks. When we first moved in there was a pipe problem and a wall that needed replacing. Luckily we were able to add a little to our loan to get the necessary things fix and replaced before moving in. Flooring was always on our to do list because it was old and horrible. Thank god for carpet cleaners and big rugs!

You can imagine the damage our carpet took with three naughty dogs. Between pee, dirt, throw up, and all their hair! The money we were putting into carpet cleaner products was adding up and it was such a hassle to clean it as often as we were. Getting new floors was becoming a serious priority.

So about a month ago we got new floors! We went with a hickory hardwood laminate called "duet" everywhere except our two bedrooms. In our two bedrooms we went with a really soft salt and pepper carpet in the color onion. We have since trained the dogs to sleep in kennels and during the day we shut the doors so they can only do damage to our laminate which is easily cleaned and really durable.

Here is the before and after (keep in mind that we haven't added base boards to our new floor as we wanted them updated and we are waiting to install them until after we paint)

Living room!

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After

Kitchen!

Before

The vinyl we had before was cheap, thin, and peeling off. For whatever reason the vinyl was installed up our cabinets :( this was/is frustrating. There is also a burn along the back door that was caused from the sun hitting the vinyl which turned a piece of it orange. You can see it in the last photo.

After

The plan is to paint the cabinets a nice white, add a new back splash and a new counter top.

Bathroom!

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After

Office!

Before!

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After

I dont have pics of our room but its the same carpet

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Entry way!

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After

Our entry way before was so overly crowded I wanted it to feel more open so I took down our coat rack and added some colorful hooks I got from anthropologie. I added a little seat which can open up into a basket that we put flip flops in, I got this for free from my sweet boss who was doing some spring cleaning. The cute colorful rug is from Urban Outfitters. It was on sale a few years ago and the key hook I got from a yard sale for $1, it was originally white but I painted it orange :)

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Hallway!

Overall I am really happy with how our house looks, its easier to clean and when the dogs make a mess I can just wipe it up. Base boards will be added shortly after we paint!

I am not going to brag about the company we went with as it was a fight to get the job done right and there were way to many issues we ran into. I dont feel its necessary to bash a company but for anyone looking into flooring just trust me and DONT go with Empire Today. If you are seriously considering it private message me and I can email you my honest review along with plenty of pictures that we took of all the problems that took place during the installation.

Cant wait to continue updating our home! It is so fun to see it all come together!

Much Love!

-Magnolia Rose